South Africa vs Australia: Morne Morkel savours ‘special feeling’ after completing 300 Test wickets

first_imgSouth Africa seamer Morne Morkel has said his 301 Test wickets are a testament to the hard work he has put into something that many international bowlers take for granted.The tall fast bowler reached the milestone in the third Test against Australia at Newlands on Friday with the wicket of Shaun Marsh on his way to 4-87 as the tourists were reduced to 245 for nine, a deficit of 66 at the close on the second day.”I have worked really hard through the years, I wasn’t blessed with that natural talent to run up and hit a length, so over 12 years it was hard work to get to be able to do that,” Morkel told reporters after Friday’s close.South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test: Dean Elgar, Morne Morkel put SA in command”It’s a special feeling, mostly because I am the world record holder for the most no balls! But to eventually reach it (300 wickets) is something I have worked for a long time to achieve and to do it at this amazing venue is even better.”Morne Morkel enters 300 Test wicket club at NewlandsMorkel said before the four-match series that he would be retiring from international cricket and after a difficult first Test in Durban in which he returned match figures of 3-122, he was dropped for the second game in Port Elizabeth.South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2 in Cape Town: HighlightsHe could have been stranded on 297 Test scalps, but a toe injury to fellow seamer Lungi Ngidi saw him back in the side.advertisement”In PE (Port Elizabeth) I sat down for hours looking at my Durban spells and what I had to work on. Luckily for me I got an opportunity with Lungi getting a niggle.”Morkel believes South Africa have the upper hand in the third Test, and added that the Newlands wicket was likely to slow down and get harder to bat on in the coming days, making any lead they can get crucial in the conTest.”I don’t think it will get quicker, it will either stay the same or get slower. Hopefully tomorrow we can get that last wicket and a lead of 60. It will be harder to bat in the last couple of days.”Morkel said he had no regrets about his decision to quit the national team and, amid reports he could play county cricket in England, added that he hoped to carry on for another few years.”My body is still feeling great, mentally I am still feeling fantastic. I can still play for a couple of years. It was a family decision (to quit the national team) and once you have made your mind up it is hard to go back on that.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

With less competition on offer, Mirabai set to win CWG gold

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) A World Championship gold medal making her an instant star last year, Indias top weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will start as overwhelming favourite to clinch the top prize in womens 48kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month. Mirabai had won a silver in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, having finished behind compatriot Sanjita Chanu, but in the four years since then the 23-year-old Manipuri has made rapid strides to reach a truly world class level. She lifted a total of 170 kg (75kg in snatch and 95 kg in clean and jerk) in Glasgow but three years later, she had a total lift of 194 kg (85+109) to win the gold in the World Championships in USA in November last, becoming only the second Indian weightlifter to achieve the feat. Before the World Championships, she had also won the Commonwealth Championships gold in Australia in July last year with a total lift of 189 kg (85+104). “The competition in CWG is less as compared to Asian Games or World Championships, so it will be a bit easy in Gold Coast. I can say I will win the gold. It should not be difficult for me to do that,” Mirabai told PTI from Australia. She is currently training at In2Performance Centre at Victoria Noble Park in Melbourne, an elite training centre. All the 16 Indian weightlifters who are taking part in the CWG are training here since March 9. They will leave for Gold Coast on April 1.advertisement The CWG record in this weight category is 175 kg (77+98), in the name of Augustina Nwaokolo of Nigeria, which she achieved while winning gold in 2010 Delhi Games. A look at Mirabais opponents in 48kg in Gold Coast, provided by Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation, shows that all the competitors except Mirabai has a personal best of below 180kg. Mirabais likely closest rival will be Amanda Braddock of Canada who has a personal best of 173 kg. “None of the other competitors has a total lift near 180 kg. I am not taking it easy but at the same time I will not exert too much also. I will try to lift 190kg or near about but will not try to go past say 195 kg or near 200 kg,” she said. “I dont want to get injured as there is Asian Game later this year. My main aim this year is to win gold in Asian Games with a top class performance. Many of the top lifters in the world will compete in Asian Games and I want to win gold there and keep myself improving till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” she said. Her event will be on April 5, the first day of competitions, and if she wins a gold, that could be the first one for India in this CWG. Head coach Vijay Sharma said that a gold from Mirabai is more or less assured as she is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. “Mirabai has a personal best of 194 kg whereas all the other opponents do not have even 180kg. Historically also, none of the gold medallist in 48kg has lifted 180 kg in CWG. She is lifting 198 kg in training but we are not looking to go up to that,” he said. The challenge will be to reach 200 kg and being consistent if she wants to win at least a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. India has been the dominant force in this 48kg weight category since womens weightlifting was included in 2002 Manchester Games. The legendary N Kunjarani won two back-to-back gold in this category in 2002 and 2006 Games but India missed out on a gold in 2010 at home. “Kunjarani has been one of my idols and I grew up in Manipur watching and learning about her exploits. She has been one of the reasons for my taking up the sport. I am feeling happy that I am doing well for the country in a weight category she has done so well in the past for the country,” she said. Born in a poor family at Nongpok Kakching in Manipur, Mirabai is the youngest of six siblings. She has two brothers and three sisters. His father still works as a lower level employee at the Pubic Works Department in Imphal, the state capital, while her mother runs a small shop at their village. “When I was young and when I started my sport, it was a very difficult situation. My fathers salary and the small income that comes from my mothers shop could hardly meet the ends of the family. It is better now as I am also working but you cannot say that we are well-off. We are still struggling,” she said.advertisement All her siblings are married now and she is supporting her parents financially. “My goal is to win a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That is the dream I am living with and for which I will do anything under the sun,” she signed off. PTI PDS AH PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Body of last missing Indian family member found in California river

first_imgBy Lalit K JhaWashington, Apr 17 (PTI) Searchers have found the body of the last missing member of an Indian family which perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into a swollen river in the US state of California some 11 days ago.The Thottapilly family, from Santa Clarita, disappeared in early April while driving in a Honda Pilot through the Redwood Coast Highway on vacation, officials said. Their disappearance coincided with reports that a vehicle had sunk into the Eel River in Northern California.Searchers yesterday found the body of Siddhant Thottapilly, 12, the last to be found after the family of four went missing.Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, were found dead inside a vehicle encased in sediment in the Eel River, the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office said. Separately, an adult female body recovered on Friday from another area of the river was identified as Soumya Thottapilly, 38.”At approximately 4:00 PM water searchers located the body of a juvenile male submerged in the Eel River approximately 6 miles north of the reported crash site,” it said.”Once the body was recovered it was identified as being Siddhant Thottapilly, the remaining missing member of the Thottapilly family. An autopsy is expected to be performed this week as part of the Coroners investigation into the incident,” it added.The family?s maroon SUV was seen falling into the river in northern Mendocino County from a pullout during an April 6 rainstorm. They had been traveling south from Oregon along Highway 101 when the incident occurred, officials said.advertisementOfficials last week determined the vehicle belonged to the Thottapilly family.On Sunday, 70 searchers using Jet Skis, boats and kayaks worked along the river in an ongoing effort to find the vehicle and family.The vehicle was encased in sediment and visibility was poor but divers believed there was at least one body inside, officials said. About 6:30 pm a tow truck was able to partially pull the vehicle out and two bodies were found inside it.Soumyas body was found several miles from where the vehicle went into the water. The river was swollen from recent storms and officials had to wait several days for it to recede. PTI NSA NSAlast_img read more

Players like Chris Gayle like to entertain, that’s why the crowd turns up: R Ashwin

first_imgA brilliant all-round effort helped Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.First, Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 104-run knock helped Punjab posted a mammoth 193/3 and then, its bowlers managed to restrict the visitors to 178/4 in their allotted 20 overs.Chasing a massive target, Hyderabad never looked in contention as the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals. Hyderabad’s in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan got injured on his first ball and from then, the required rate kept on increasing and none of the batsmen scored freely.Virender Sehwag, thanks for saving the IPL by picking me: Chris GayleSkipper Kane Williamson (54) and middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (57 not out), however tried to narrow the gap between the runs but lack of support from other batters costly hugely.Yusuf Pathan (19) and Shakib Al Hasan (24 not out) also displayed the signs of coming back to form but could not contribute handsomely.For Punjab, Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye took two wickets each.ALSO READ: ‘Feeling like 25, Universe Boss is back’: Chris Gayle after match-winning 63″I think it was a complete performance. It was one of those times when we won the toss and batted first and tried and defended a score. Did that pretty well. Would have liked to have given away 10 runs lesser for the NRR,” KXIP skipper Ashwin said at the post-match presentation.”Giving them a reasonable score to defend was something we thought we could handle at the end. It (bowling all pace in powerplay) was a good wicket. It was more about who we are bowling against and what works the best. It was about getting through the powerplay well. Mohit vs Dhawan was a match-up, so we had to go for that,” he added.advertisementEarlier, Gayle struck a 63-ball 104, laced with 11 sixes and a boundary to set the jam-packed stadium on fire.Opting to bat, Punjab started on a cautious note as openers Lokesh Rahul (18) and Gayle stitched a 53-run partnership for the opening wicket.Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan drew first blood for Hyderabad, dismissing Rahul in the eighth over.Medium pacer Siddarth Kaul provided another jolt to the hosts, packing back incoming batsman Mayank Agarwal (18) in the 11th over.Gayle was then joined by Karun Nair (31 off 21 balls; 4×3, 6×1) and the duo shared a 85-run partnership for the third wicket, taking Punjab past the 150 run mark.By then, Gayle had brought up his sixth IPL ton in just 58 deliveries, with a squeezy drive to point off Kaul and thereafter unleashing his trademark ‘Baby in the arms’ celebration.”Chris batted well and took it away from them. There are players like these to entertain, that’s why the crowd is turning up. Chris batted beautifully. Chris just punches a back of a length delivery out of the ground — that’s the difference between him and other batsmen. It’s hard to replicate, and when it comes off, it’s brilliant,” Ashwin went on to say.Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid-off Nair in the 18th over but Gayle continued to hammer every Hyderabad bowler.Australian Aaron Finch’s 14 not out off 6 balls in the final moments propelled Punjab to a massive total even as Gayle remained a spectator at the other end.For Hyderabad, Bhuvneshwar, Rashid and Kaul bagged one wicket apiece.Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 193/3 (Chris Gayle 104 not out, Karun Nair 31; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/25) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 178/4 (Manish Pandey 57 not out; Andrew Tye 2/23) .(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

9-year-old chess prodigy from India caught in visa battle in UK

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon Apr 22 (PTI) A nine-year-old chess prodigy from India is caught up in a battle to stay in the UK after his father?s work visa is set to expire. Shreyas Royal has won a series on chess championships and his parents, Jitendra and Anju Singh, are now appealing to the UK Home Office for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in Britain on the grounds that he is a national asset.The family had moved to London from Bangalore in 2012 when Shreyas was three years old.”Shreyas?s life is here ? he has roots. We are used to India, we spent a lot of our lives living there but it will be a massive shock for Shreyas. He will not be able to continue his chess, it really is a terrible situation,? father Jitendra told The Times.The 38-year-old IT project manager with the Tata Group was offered a fixed-term�contract in the company?s UK office and on September 10 his work visa will lapse permanently.�With the backing of Julian Simpole, a trainer who has coached two of the English grandmasters, and Dominic Lawson, president of the English Chess Federation, the family have lodged their appeal with the Home Office.”He pretty much wins every competition hes in,” Simpole said, in reference to Shreyas who has been competing professionally for three years now.”I?ve been coaching Shreyas for nine weeks now. I am amazed. He is so advanced I set him ?Soviet-style toughness? lessons ? as in no concessions made for his age. He virtually always gets the right answer,? he said.advertisement”This kid is like something I?ve never seen before. His talent is very highly pronounced. He?s going to be a future world champion and we?d like it to be for Britain,? the well-known coach added.Shreyas, who attends Pointer School in Blackheath, south London, on a full scholarship, first learnt to play chess at an after-school club that his mother enrolled him in. ?He was doing so much sport, swimming, tennis, but I wanted him to do something with his mind,? his 37-year-old mother said.According to the newspaper, Shreyas now spends his weekends and summer holidays travelling across Britain and around the world competing against champions almost 10 years older than him. “I don?t think the older kids like being beaten by me. The Russians are the hardest to play against,? he said.”What I like about chess is that it?s not about being physically aggressive, you have time to use your mind,? added Shreyas, who has already won numerous trophies and medals. He had started playing the game when he got a chess board at the age of five and went on to be named the world?s youngest candidate master within months. PTI AK PMS PMSlast_img read more

Trump raises concern over declining youth participation in sports

first_imgBy Lalit K Jha Washington, May 31 (PTI) US President Donald Trump today exhorted the American youths to participate in sports as he raised concern over the decline in students participating in such activities.”In 2016, only 37 per cent of young kids played team sports on a regular basis, down from 45 per cent from 10 years ago, and the decline has been even worse among students from low-income families. We must reverse these trends, and we will. We’re making it possible for you to do that,” Trump said at the White House Sports and Fitness Day.As such, for the first time in history, Trump said, he has directed the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition council to work with the White House and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to develop a national strategy to increase youth participation.He also boasted of his huge following on social media during the event where he described the virtues of fitness and sports.”Do I have social skills? I don’t know. I have social media, that’s for sure. I don’t know about skill, but I have a lot of media,” Trump said.Trump boasts about having over 100 million followers on social media.”All of life’s most valuable lessons are learned on the field of competition. There, young Americans will discover — that’s what they do. They discover. They’re learning all the time, the importance of teamwork, social skills,” Trump said, counting several benefits associated with indulging in physical activities.”The skills learned on the field through competition brings in the ability to overcome adversity, making lifelong friends all along the way. The skills learned out on the track field, and the court, and the diamond, and the gridiron, and the golf course, and those tennis courts are skills that will serve young Americans for the rest of their lives,” Trump said.advertisementThe 71-year-old US president said participating in sports builds character, forges friendships, tears down barriers and brings people from all walks of life closer together.”I’ve loved sports all of my life. I always loved the people of sports, but I have loved sports all of my life. Sports also helps kids stay off the street, and stay out of trouble.”The US president rued at the decline in the youth participation in sports despite its several benefits.”Students who participated in sports have up to 40 per cent higher test scores. That one, I’ve never heard. That’s pretty impressive. Are 15 per cent more likely to attend college, and have eight per cent higher annual earnings later on. Yet, in recent years, youth participation in sports has been declining,” he said.The President welcomed his Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition along with over 250 children, parents, and coaching staff to participate in the event.Sports participation and physical activity are crucial for youth development, supporting personal and social growth, lifetime health and fitness habits, and a competitive spirit, said Lindsay Walter, Deputy White House Press Secretary.”Children that play sports have higher educational achievement, earn a higher income as adults and have improved mental health,” she said.Through an Executive Order on February 26, 2018, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, the Trump Administration will utilize the Council to reverse the declining trend of youth sports participation and to ensure that all American children are given the opportunity to compete and gain the developmental benefits of participating in sports, Walters said.After his remarks, Trump officially kicked off the White House field day. He then started making a tour of the different stations, accompanied by Herschel Walker, Misty May-Treaner and Mariano Rivera along with Azar and his daughter Ivanka. PTI LKJ CK CKlast_img read more

India, Pakistan set to lock horns in six-nation Kabaddi Masters in Dubai

first_imgDubai, Jun 11 (PTI) India and Pakistan are set to renew their rivalry in the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai which will get underway at the Al Wasl Sports Club here from June 22 to 30. India are clubbed with Pakistan with new comers Kenya in group A, while group B features Iran, Republic of Korea and Argentina with top two teams making the semifinals. India will be going up against strong contenders with kabaddi maestros Iran and Republic of Korea successfully proving their prowess in the Asian Games and Kabaddi World Cup. Republic of Korea had beaten India in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup opener, fuelling India’s bid for retribution this time. “Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 will give us the chance to go up against the best teams and will go all out to gun for the trophy,” India coach Srinivas Reddy said. “A tournament of this stature does well to bring nations together,” Muhammad Sarwar Secretary General Pakistan kabaddi Federation said. All eyes would be on football nation Argentina who are new to the sport and their president Ricardo Acuna said: “The introduction of kabaddi to Argentina has redefined sports participation. This will surely be a moment of reckoning for Argentina’s kabaddi talent.” The tournament will surely see the emergence of new talents in the meet organised by the International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd who will air the matches live in two prime time slots of 8pm and 9pm IST. IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot said they are looking forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning kabaddi across the world map.advertisement “Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council as well as Star India for their strong role in making this happen,” Gehlot said in a release. In line with the growing multi-sports culture, the nine-day meet supported by Dubai Sports Council will give fans the opportunity to watch the best kabaddi action. This is the very first time an International kabaddi meet of such a huge scale is organised in Dubai. “It is our endeavor to successfully become a global destination for both indoor and outdoor sporting spectacles, and this tournament reinforces our commitment in that direction,” Dubai Sports Council spokesperson said. Dubai is home to many a sporting spectacle including Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, TTD Super Cup, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Rugby 7s, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and many more, celebrating an immense sporting culture. “I already see a place for kabaddi in the African Games in the near future,” Laventer Oguta, Kenya Kabaddi Federation president who doubles up as the coach, said. Speaking on the initiative, a Star India spokesperson said “Kabaddi has always been close to us, given the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. We are excited about the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 and firmly believe it will give greater impetus to the sport in the international arena.” PTI TAP ATKATKlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland

first_imgBrazil on Sunday became another big team which failed to win their opening game in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup.A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener.The five-times world champions took a deserved lead midway through the first half in the Group E game when Coutinho’s irresistible long-distance shot cannoned in off the far post, but Tite’s side, who had looked so impressive in the tournament build-up, failed to build on their advantage.The highly organised Swiss hit back early in the second period from one of their few chances as Brazil’s Casemiro and Miranda switched off and the unmarked Steven Zuber barely had to leave his feet to nod in Xherdan Shaqiri’s whipped corner.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – DAY 4 UPDATESBrazil went all out in pursuit of a winner and came agonisingly close to finding it but had to settle for a point and joined fellow tournament favourites Germany, Spain and Argentina in failing to win their first game.Neymar’s flamboyant blond ‘spaghetti’ haircut certainly caught the eye although he only gave glimpses of the spectacular dribbles and plays he is renowned for and which led Paris St Germain to shell out 222 million euros for.Instead, Brazil’s second most expensive player, Coutinho, pulled Tite’s side’s strings, constantly finding right winger Willian and drifting striker Gabriel Jesus with sweeping passes although Switzerland managed to deal with the threat.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThey foolishly offered him the chance to demonstrate his most spectacular quality, however, when a cross from Marcelo was cleared into the path of the Barcelona midfielder, who wrapped his right foot around the ball and delivered an irresistible finish to break the deadlock in the 20th minute.The whirlwind finish delighted the Rostov Arena, where yellow-shirted Brazil fans vastly outnumbered the red of the Swiss, although Tite’s side failed to build further momentum, as Neymar was frequently stopped in his tracks by tactical fouls from Vladimir Petkovic’s side.The PSG forward, who was making only his second start since a metatarsal injury ended his season in February, did not look as if he had fully recovered, as his coach had warned on the eve of the game by admitting his side’s talisman was “not 100 percent”.Still, Brazil always looked in control until they ceded a corner and Zuber took full advantage of their collective lapse of concentration.They made a far bigger effort than the Swiss to find a second goal and were not far from finding it.Coutinho and Miranda each lashed wide from inside the area while Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino were denied by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Halle Open: Roger Federer beats Matthew Ebden to reach semi-finals

first_imgWorld number one Roger Federer was tested once again in Halle but did enough to overpower Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6(2), 7-5 in the quarter-finals on Friday.Nine-time Halle champion Federer, who saved two match points to beat Benoit Paire in the second round, edged a tense opening set against 60th ranked Ebden in the tiebreak with a backhand winner.Ebden was leading 5-3 in the second set against the 36-year-old before the Swiss fought back to secure four consecutive games to set-up a semi-final against American Denis Kudla.Federer extended his grasscourt streak to 19, which includes the Stuttgart title and last year’s triumphs at Wimbledon and Halle.Qualifer Kudla, ranked 109th in the world, eased past Japan’s Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 7-5 earlier in the day.Kudla progressed to only his second semi-final at ATP tour-level when he roared back from a 2-5 deficit in the second set and saved a set point in the process.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: France have lot more potential to show, says coach Deschamps

first_imgFrance have dispatched two former World Cup winners in the knockout stage but are still far from a polished product and only getting better, suggested coach Didier Deschamps in an ominous warning to semi-final opponents Belgium.After a sluggish first round, the French team exploded to life in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina at the start of the knockout phase and further verified impressive credentials with a workman-like 2-0 victory over plucky Uruguay in Friday’s quarter-final at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.”We had a complicated first round, without being flamboyant but realistic and effective. We did not break our stride. But from the match against Argentina, we have grown in strength,” said the France coach.France and Belgium in historic World Cup semi-final: Stats and facts”We were the better team against Uruguay but there are still some imperfections. We have a lot more potential to show.”Deschamps was most pleased by the fact a relatively young squad “showed their maturity” albeit scenes of petulance near the end could have cost one of two of the French a semi-final suspension.World Cup 2018: Mbappe trolled for Neymar-like antics on the fieldWith an average age of 26, France came into the World Cup in Russia with the second youngest 23-man squad.”I have a young squad who are now working as a team and becoming more and more resolute. You can see their state of mind is positive and there has been a lot of progress,” the coach said.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSadvertisementAdvancing to the semi-finals allows Deschamps, who broke the record as France’s longest serving coach during the first round, another chance to emulate his playing success with a major title. Deschamps was the midfield enforcer in France’s 1998 World Cup winning side.World Cup 2018: Griezmann elegant in victory as France reach semi-finalsFrance were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago and beaten in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship.Asked if he had now achieved his goal for this tournament by making the final four, Deschamps has given little away.World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final Highlights: France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach semis”I like to reach objectives but I’m not looking at it from a personal point of view. My pride is in my squad and my coaching staff.”And can they go all the way to next weekend’s final? “We are in the semi-finals,” he smiled.France take on their Belgian neighbours in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Soybean Boom Forcing Paraguay to Examine Pesticide Use

first_imgOnce isolated Paraguay has changed radically due to a boom in soybean exports, which has brought changes in land and pesticide use. Weak government regulation and poor public education about pesticide use highlight the need for better environmental governance. Access Initiative (TAI) partners, Instituto de Derecho y Economía Ambiental (Environmental Law and Economics Institute, IDEA) are working to build government capacity to make sure that the growing soybean trade is good for the environment and for workers.Sheila Abed of IDEA National Public Radio recently interviewed Sheila Abed, the founder and now Executive Director of IDEA. She spoke about the problems surrounding glyphosate, a pesticide widely used in soybean farming. (Glyphosate was formerly known as “Roundup” when it was under a now-expired patent by Monsanto.) The weed-killer is generally considered safe for workers and widely used in the other countries, including the United States. But without proper handling procedures, glyphosate and its typical additives can pose potentially serious health effects.This occupational hazard does not represent poor science or a weakness in the law as much as a weakness in environmental governance more generally. “Environmental governance” includes important “access rights” like access to information, public participation, and access to justice. In order to fulfill these rights, governments must have the capacity to provide these rights and the public must have the capacity to use them.The case of Paraguayan soy boom highlights the need for both access to information and capacity-building for the government officials to ensure worker education and monitoring safe agricultural practice. In order for workers to know the difference between safe and unsafe handling, they must have access to information on potential health effects and how to avoid those health effects. Many countries address these needs through occupational safety hazard laws that mandate education programs and information dissemination programs for workers. To ensure that workers are receiving this vital information, governments must have the capacity to regulate employers. As the NPR story points out, some of the best ways of ensuring compliance is through partnerships with NGOs, including, in this case, labor unions and environmental NGOs.We at WRI, the TAI secretariat, were lucky to have Ms. Abed stop by to lend us insight into the process that led up to involvement in governance issues around soybeans and eventually to the NPR interview. In the audio file below, you can hear her talk about IDEA’s work with The Access Initiative network as well as how the issue of soybeans reflects problems of weak enforcement and corruption in environmental issues more generally.Interview with Sheila Abed More of the WRI interview with Sheila AbedImage credit: Bill Strong/flickrlast_img read more

How Should Wealthier Nations Help Poorer Ones Combat Climate Change?

first_imgAssisting poor countries now and in the future in adapting to climate change must be a top priority.This post first appeared on National Journal.The world’s poorest countries will face the most devastating effects of climate change, despite contributing the least to the problem. While we must immediately reduce the emissions that cause global warming and avoid impacts, it is also clear that assisting poor countries now and in the future in adapting to climate change is an equal priority. Little support internationally has been given thus far to the poorest in the world, which is one reason why those countries now in Copenhagen lack trust to seal a deal.Beyond the moral and ethical priority to ensure that these countries can adapt to the changes, however, the U.S. security community has said very clearly that these conditions can create chaos and lead to conflict. Competition for scarcer resources and increased migration — two possible outcomes of climate change — can breed instability in volatile regions. Serious commitment to adaptation from the developed world can lessen these threats. As General Chuck Wald said in recent Senate testimony: “In the military, you learn that force protection isn’t just about protecting weak spots; it’s about reducing vulnerabilities well before you get into harm’s way,” an apt analogy for adaptation.Should we act now? Many preeminent economists estimate that the cost of inaction on climate is around five times the cost of taking action today to build the clean energy economy. Those costs are primarily in rebuilding after natural disasters, coping with security threats and trying to secure the food supply. Another group of U.S. economists have criticized studies that look only at the costs of action without considering the substantial benefits to society and particularly to the vulnerable. For example, large numbers of Americans suffer from asthma and other pulmonary diseases that are worsened by pollution – reducing emissions therefore will have a large societal benefit. Furthermore, investments in the clean energy economy will create productive new assets, industries and jobs.American ingenuity has contributed to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, and climate change technology should be no exception. But helping poor countries is not the only reason the United States should make clean technology a priority.Investing in clean technology allows the United States to get in the game. Countries around the world understand that a low-carbon economy is the only way forward, and a vast new marketplace is growing. In China, they are quintupling their wind capacity goal for 2020 after consistently outpacing their previous goals. The world clean technology market is exploding, and U.S. businesses want to compete. Here at COP-15, technology will be a critical part of an agreement, providing that much more certainty about the demand for clean energy technology. American companies, such as those in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership are here to ensure they are poised to catch that wave.Acting now to develop and deploy clean technologies is not just a win for the climate, it’s a win for our country.last_img read more

Toward a Binding Climate Treaty: Copenhagen and Beyond

first_imgEven the best possible Copenhagen outcome will be a waypoint, not an endpoint.A translation of this post originally appeared in the Norwegian paper Klassekampen.As a hundred heads of state congregate in Copenhagen on Friday, the world’s attention will be fixed on the Danish capital. This is fitting, given that our planet’s climate is at stake.Amid the declarations and speeches, however, it is important to remember that even the best possible Copenhagen outcome will be a waypoint, not an endpoint. One that must lead to a legally binding climate agreement, concluded in 2010. Only a binding global agreement can assure fairness, and trigger carbon-cutting measures worldwide as countries gain assurance that all are acting in concert. Only a binding global agreement will level the playing field, unleashing business activity and innovation in support of a low carbon economy. This is what politicians and negotiators must have in their minds as they lay the foundations for global action and financing to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The “political agreement” that emerges on December 18 must not substitute symbolism for commitment. We need the framework and a specific date by which a binding global agreement will be concluded.That said the prospects of making major progress at Copenhagen are better than they seemed only last month, and like night and day compared with the gloomy outlook that prevailed little more than a year ago.In December 2007, in Bali, climate negotiators from 180 nations booed their U.S. counterparts into silence as frustration at George W. Bush’s non leadership on climate change boiled over. Developing countries, meanwhile, emphatically rejected any suggestion that they should join industrialized countries in setting targets to reduce emissions. A year later, despite initial relief when President Obama stated his commitment to take action on climate change, progress bogged down. There was particular disappointment when U.S. negotiators insisted that there would be no U.S. commitment to greenhouse gas reductions until Congress had approved cap and trade legislation and that, even then, early U.S. reductions would be less than scientists had urged.In recent months the dynamic has changed. Key countries have reluctantly accepted Washington’s insistence that it cannot commit to a reduction target until the Congress has done so. Major developing countries with growing GHG emissions, including China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Africa, have announced quantitative and significant (though non-binding) commitments to reduce domestic emissions.President Obama’s eleventh hour decision to attend the summit, and to commit the U.S. to reduce emissions “in the range of 17%”, evidences his own commitment to the issue. His presence, an explicit personal commitment to do all he can to secure legislation, and an acknowledgement that the United States must be a significant part of an effort by the industrialized world to help poor countries adapt to climate change’s impacts and accelerate low carbon development to reduce poverty while avoiding emissions, could do much to assure a positive outcome.Of course this optimistic scenario – and the future of U.S. climate leadership – depends utterly on the outcome of legislation presently before the Senate. If Congress does not pass a climate bill which commits the U.S. to a greenhouse gas reduction target by the summer, prospects for concluding a global legally binding agreement in 2010 will dwindle. Vital years may be lost in addressing the looming crisis of climate change.Getting such a bill passed will be neither easy nor quick. While opinion polls continue to show a majority of U.S. voters favor action on energy and climate legislation, many Americans are preoccupied with jobs and the weakened U.S. economy. And Senate rules require 60 out of 100 votes to pass major bills – difficult when many Senators from the coal dependent regions of the country are hesitant to impose restrictions on carbon.The Democratic majority will need some support from Republicans. In a hopeful sign, a trio of heavyweight Senators – Democrats John Kerry and Lindsey Graham and Independent Joe Lieberman – last week released a significant bipartisan framework for climate legislation which they hope will garner the required 60 votes. To produce a compromise that satisfies moderates without losing liberals they will need the help of the White House. If – and it’s a big if – the Senate votes yes, the bill will then need to be reconciled with the American Clean Energy and Security Act passed by the House of Representatives in June and the compromise version sent to the President for his signature.There are two important reasons for guarded optimism about Senate action. First, large segments of US industry have joined us in fighting for strong legislation because they see it as necessary and inevitable, and want certainty. Second, the alternative is not the (fossil fueled) status quo. Not only does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stand ready to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the U.S. Clean Air Act – if Congress fails to act; but 23 U.S. states, covering more than half the American population, will continue to regulate emissions at a regional level. This kind of piecemeal approach is not an outcome that U.S. big business wants – and business has the ear of Congress.No generation before ours had enough information to understand the urgent need for action to avert climate catastrophe. No generation after ours will have the opportunity – it will be too late to avert terrible harm. We have the evidence to prove that action is necessary. We have the technology to shift to a low carbon economy. We may still have the opportunity to avert catastrophic warming. It is an historic moment. The question is whether we have the wisdom and the will to act. No generation before ours had enough information to understand the urgent need for action. No generation after ours will have the opportunity.last_img read more

All England Championships: Indian challenge over as Srikanth loses to Momota in quarters

first_imgKidambi Srikanth was knocked out of All England Championships by world No.1 Kento Momota of Japan as he lost his quarter-final in straight games at the Birmingham Arena on Friday. It took Momota 44 minutes to trump Srikanth 12-21, 16-21 to advance into the semi-final of the tournament.This is Srikanth’s eighth straight loss to Momota. Last year alone, Momota defeated Srikanth five times on the BWF Tour. In the record books of All England, this was the fourth meeting between Srikanth and Momota and the Indian has lost them all.It was always going to be an uphill task for Srikanth against the world No.1, both in terms of skill and mentality. Momota has been in great form and he showed all of that on Friday.Against Momota, Srikanth needed a lot of patience but the Indian was put under so much pressure by the Japanese that he was forced to aim for the lines and ended up losing points.Also, the fact that Momota won most of their net battles turned out to be an essential reason of Srikanth’s loss.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal also lost her 13th straight match to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 15-21, 19-21 and bowed out of the tournament from the quarter-finals.The match began in balance with both the players exchanging points and settling in on the court. At 9-9, the match looked well poised with Srikanth displaying some solidity against the skill of Kento Momota.However, Momota decided that he had had enough of duels and starting running away with points by making just a little extra effort. Momota is an excellent retriever and that did not help Srikanth’s game at all.advertisementDespite some effort from Srikanth, Momota comfortably took the first game 21-12.Momota began the second game on a high tempo, looking to take the initiative. With Momota on the forefront, Srikanth simply failed to challenge the Japanese.Momota kept on building his lead while all Srikanth could do was get a few points here an there.Srikanth did begin to fightback later in the second game though forcing mistakes out of Momota.With Momota hitting the 17-point mark, Srikanth went on a run of four straight points to make it 12-17. Momota, however, fought right back and took the match away.Also Read | You are playing stupid shots: Kashyap admonishes wife Saina at All England Championshipslast_img read more

Take That, Bowtie!

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Cowboy commit, Eric DavisEarlier this year the #15 inside linebacker in the country, Dalton Santos, de-committed from Oklahoma State and announced he was going to Texas A&M.He later de-committed from A&M to go to Tennessee, saying “I have great respect for the Texas A&M program and the momentum they’ve built, they have great tradition and I also had comfort with their staff but there’s no comparison to being able to play in the SEC.”It’s my single favorite quote to come out of Beebegeddon II this fall. Oh, the irony young Dalton.Anyway, on Monday (a day in which it started to look like the door was, in fact, hitting A&M on the way out) OSU turned the tables and swiped a 3-star defensive end from the Aggies.Eric Davis is a 6’3 227 lb. defensive end who was being recruited by Texas, Florida, OU, and TCU so, yeah, kind of a big get for Gundy and Co.According to ESPN, Davis had 63 tackles, 12 sacks and three interceptions as a junior. 3 picks for a DE seems like a lot, no? Especially since he’s only 6’3.Here’s how the recruiting services had him ranked in case you were wondering:ESPN – 3 stars (78 grade overall)Rivals – 3 stars (#65 in Texas)Scout – 3 stars247 Sports – 3 stars (87 grade overall)Don’t look now but OSU currently ranks #14 overall in average stars per recruit. I know that’s the most message board thing I’ve ever heard on here but it’s also a testament to the fact that Gundy is recruiting hard and he’s getting legitimate athletes.Last note, the three teams ahead of OSU in the stars per recruit stat: Notre Dame, LSU, and Clemson. The three teams behind them: Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Penn State.Are those good football schools?last_img read more

VIDEO: Marcus Smart talks MLK

first_imgI really, really, really like Marcus Smart.It’s refreshing for someone to be as open, honest, and yet professional as him. You can see it in the way he talks, his body language — he just gets it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

A Look At The Oklahoma State-Kansas Drive Charts

first_imgYards per play: 6.6Points per drive (offense): 3.14Points per drive (defense): 1.43Points off turnovers: 17Average starting field position: Own 42You should be averaging over seven yards per play against KU. The PPD numbers are fine, but OSU’s offense was greatly aided turnovers that it got in great position (three times inside KU’s 30 in the second half).Kansas Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-40-amKansas actually started off nicely with scores on three of its first five possessions. But then it was held to seven points on its next nine drives. That’s not going to get it done (obviously). A few other numbers …Yards per play: 6.2Points per drive (offense): 1.43Points per drive (defense): 3.14Points off turnovers: 7Average starting field position: Own 19That average starting field position is something else. Nobody is going to win many games starting on their own 19 on average, much less Kansas.Also a note on that yards-per-play number: OSU is now No. 118 in the country in plays allowed of 30+ yards. Texas Tech and OU are both top five in the country in plays of 30+ yards on offense. Gulp.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Drive charts and points scored per drive might just bore you right to tears, but I find this stuff fascinating. It matters because you can look at drive charts and PPD and determine “could that team score when it needed to, and could it get stops when it needed to.”So let’s look at the two drive charts from Saturday’s game against Kansas and a few other deep statistics that mattered.OSU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-29-amThis started off pretty poorly. OSU went punt, fumble, TD and punt in its first four drives against one of the worst teams in FBS. The Pokes closed strong though with scores on five of their last six real drives. Other key numbers to know.last_img read more

Was Mourinho right about destructive Chelsea?

first_imgChelsea Was Mourinho right? Drinkwater deal makes Chelsea even more destructive Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 00:40 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Danny Drinkwater England Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Leicester City v Chelsea Leicester City José Mourinho The Manchester United manager questioned the philosophy of his former club last season, and their summer business has enhanced the Antonio Conte mould “I’m surprised with the way they play. I’m surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football. I think they are very good defensively and I think they have fantastic players to be a counter-attack team and to kill opponents with three or four players.”Jose Mourinho mind games or moaning?Whatever your take on the above comment — made to Football Focus in March — the argument itself, regarding Chelsea’s mindset under Antonio Conte, still stands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ had previously said of his former club a few months earlier: “They score one goal and they win. They defend a lot. They defend well. They are winning and, in the last 20 minutes, they bring defenders in. They don’t care what people say, what people think. They just want to win.”The Blues’ Premier League title triumph in 2016-17 saw them collect five 1-0 victories, while they also prevailed by the odd goal in seven other fixtures.Conte found a formula, following a winless run through September, which allowed his side to prosper and unashamedly stuck to it throughout the remainder of the campaign as the English top-flight crown was returned to Stamford Bridge with relative ease.Jose Mourinho Chelsea styleAfter dropping eight points in the second month of the season, Chelsea squandered just 11 more in 32 matches.They also collected just one clean sheet in their opening six games, before going on to secure another 15 en route to restoring domestic dominance with a seven-point advantage over the chasing pack.Within their ranks, David Luiz earned widespread praise after returning from Paris Saint-Germain as less of a PlayStation performer and more of an actual centre-half, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso became unsung heroes, Thibaut Courtois collected the Golden Glove award, and N’Golo Kante was named PFA Player of the Year.How do you build on such success?Well, with Conte a former no-nonsense midfielder himself, and with the Italian mindset of success built on defensive solidity engrained within him, the answer appears to be ‘become even more destructive’.Mourinho has, inevitably, had his say on things once again: “They have very good teams, very good players and I don’t see any reason for them not to be fighting for the title. When people say, for example, Chelsea lost an important midfield player [in Nemanja Matic], if you lose one but you buy [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Danny] Drinkwater, for example, what’s the problem? The problem is when you sell and you don’t buy. When you sell and you keep buying, what’s the problem? You are probably even stronger.”Chelsea defensive summer signings 2017That sound bite was delivered on August 18.By August 31, Chelsea had completed a deal for England international Drinkwater, with £35 million paid to Leicester 12 months on from handing over £32m for Kante.Conte only brought in seven players during the latest transfer window, and of those five are defensively minded (Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta and Willy Caballero).Over £100m was spent acquiring said talent, with Chelsea clearly of the opinion that keeping the back door bolted is the best recipe for future success.Conte may well have wanted more — the list of players he missed out on is well-documented — but he now boasts options which will allow him to mix things up more than he did last term, when a lack of European football allowed Chelsea to prosper with a settled starting XI.N'Golo Kante Danny Drinkwater Leicester 15 16Drinkwater, in particular, could prove to be a shrewd investment, despite the initial surprise which greeted news of the 27-year-old registering on the Stamford Bridge radar. He is a Premier League title winner and a man well versed in the demands of the division.It must also be noted that he has prospered alongside Kante in the recent past, with their partnership in 2015-16 — which saw them record eye-popping figures when it comes to touches, interceptions, recoveries and generally being a nuisance — allowing the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to steal headlines around them.More of the same at Chelsea — with Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Co standing to benefit — may well deliver a repeat of Conte’s debut success in west London.There have been early questions again — not least after an opening day defeat at home to Burnley — but another victory by the odd goal (sound familiar) at Tottenham has been followed by a first shutout and convincing success over Everton.Mourinho may be irked by the methods — having faced criticism for being similar during his time at the Blues helm — but Chelsea are not about to stray from a winning path and are unlikely to offer any excuses for the manner in which they continue to stride down that trail. 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Klopp: Mane didn’t deserve red card

first_imgJürgen Klopp Klopp: Mane didn’t deserve red card for Ederson collision 22:27 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester City Getty Jürgen Klopp Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Liverpool Premier League Sadio Mané The 25-year-old’s collision with Ederson has prompted much debate, but the Reds boss is adamant the referee made the wrong call Jurgen Klopp said Sadio Mane was “really unlucky” to be sent off in Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.Mane was dismissed 37 minutes into the game at the Etihad Stadium for a dangerous collision which saw goalkeeper Ederson stretchered off.The Reds star chased down the ball at full speed and leapt with his foot high to control it, only to catch the face of the Brazilian goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Sadio Mane Ederson Manchester City LiverpoolCity were 1-0 up at the time the 25-year-old was dismissed, but two goals apiece from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane saw them to a comprehensive victory.And Klopp believes that referee Jon Moss made the wrong call in showing the red card to the winner of August’s Premier League Player of the Month.”I don’t think it’s a red card, he didn’t see him,” the Reds boss told Sky Sports.“I saw the goalie already and obviously it’s not that bad. In the first moment everyone thought it was really bad.”It was unlucky, it was an accident. The goalkeeper comes out, Sadio wants the ball. To get a red card in a game like this is really unlucky.”He added: “I’m sure people will find enough reason to say it is a red card. I could not even see Sadio Mane touched him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Juve missing Khedira and Marchiso for Barca tie

first_imgBarcelona v Juventus Juventus without Khedira and Marchisio for Barcelona Champions League clash Jamie Smith 22:24 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sami Khedira Getty Images Barcelona v Juventus UEFA Champions League Juventus Serie A Barcelona Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that his side will be missing the midfield duo when they travel to Camp Nou to face the La Liga giants on Tuesday Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio have been ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Barcelona, Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.Neither midfielder played any part in Saturday’s 3-0 Serie A win against Chievo and they will not recover in time for Juve’s opening Group D fixture.Juve could also be without Giorgio Chiellini, with the defender struggling to recover from a calf injury in time for the trip to Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Khedira and Marchisio are definitely out,” Allegri told reporters. “Khedira returned from international duty, where he had a knock to the knee, rested for a few days and played 30 minutes.”The day after, he felt pain again. Basically, it will take a week or so to have him back.”Mario Mandzukic came off with a knock against Chievo, but Allegri is hoping the Croatian and full-back Alex Sandro will be available.”He has taken a calf on his calf, there should be nothing serious,” Allegri said of Mandzukic. “Sandro had a fever, I hope he is already better.”Grande vittoria di squadra, avanti cosí!Gran victoria de equipo! Seguimos así! Great team, great win! Let’s go ahead  pic.twitter.com/stjyFZ3pSG— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 9, 2017Juve knocked Barca out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage last season, winning 3-0 on aggregate, although they were later outclassed by Real Madrid in the Cardiff final.And with Chiellini a doubt and Leonardo Bonucci having been sold to Serie A rivals AC Milan in a shock move, Andrea Barzagli could be the only remaining member of the ‘BBC’ defence that kept two clean sheets against Barcelona’s feted ‘MSN’ attack.”It’s game of great prestige,” said Barzagli. “Compared to five months ago, the stakes are different.”Then it was a quarter-final and now it is a game for three important group stage points. It will be a tasty game, to show everyone that this year we want to move on.”last_img read more